The deeply spiritual 85-year-old mom of the late actress Anne Heche is nothing if not a survivor.
Nancy Heche has now outlived 4 of her 5 youngsters — along with her secretly homosexual husband, Donald, who died of AIDS in 1983.
She admitted in her religion-heavy 2006 memoir, “The Fact Comes Out: When Somebody You Love is in a Similar-Intercourse Relationship,” to utilizing amyl nitrate poppers with Donald to enhance their intercourse life and taking married lovers.
Anne died Friday, one week after she drove her blue Mini Cooper at a excessive pace down an LA avenue and plowed right into a small home, setting it afire alongside along with her automotive.
Earlier than Anne was born, her sister, Cynthia, then simply 2-months-old, died from a coronary heart defect. Anne’s 18-year-old brother Nathan died in a automotive accident three months after Don Heche’s demise. One other sister, Susan Bergman, who wrote her circle of relatives memoir known as “Anonymity,” died in 2006 from mind most cancers.
Just one Heche sibling, Abigail, remains to be residing.
The Chicago-based Nancy Heche, who’s a Christian psychologist who makes use of the Bible in her counseling observe, was initially livid when Anne instructed her in 1997 that she’d fallen in love with Ellen DeGeneres.
“I’m plummeted into disbelief and outrage,” she wrote. “I’m dumbfounded, in a state of shock. Doesn’t Anne know what homosexuality has carried out to our household?”
“How will we ever be capable of shut the hole, the avowed heterosexual mom and the avowed gay daughter?” she added.
After the publication of Heche’s 2001 memoir, “Name Me Loopy,” Nancy Heche wrote that she discovered “no place among the many lies and blasphemies within the pages of this e book.” Anne Heche stated her mom didn’t consider Anne’s claims that her father molested her from the time she was a toddler till she was 12.
Her daughter’s revelations about her relationship with DeGeneres introduced up painful reminiscences for Nancy, who stated she didn’t know her husband was homosexual till he lay dying at Bellevue Hospital in 1983 and a physician instructed her he had AIDS.
She wrote that she by no means knew about her husband’s double life as a result of she was a “50s lady” who “grew up with Donna Reed, ‘Go away it to Beaver’ and Doris Day.”
When Heche discovered of her husband’s AIDS prognosis, it all of a sudden “clicked,” she wrote.
“The dots join like a stick of dynamite – the fuse scorching towards explosion. I understand I’ve been lied to my whole married life.”